traditional cutting tool, picture by akubica
I want to invite you to visit a very special place. It's here, where polish cut-outs were born and refined to an art. Łowickie wycinanki, as we call it, are very colorful and detailed, they are made of multiple layers of color paper. The most popular patterns are flowers and birds, especially roosters. But you can as well find cut-out scenes of everyday life. There is also a tradition in Łowicz of decorating building's walls with colorful floral paintings.
There are still a lot of people (mainly wemen), who make cut-outs. You can meet them at the local handmade shows, watch them work, buy some cut-outs. You can also check their works in the web. And there are many young artists, who are inspired by cut-outs, some of them are active on Etsy too.
So, come with me to Łowicz:)
house painted with flowers, picture by akubica
colorful house, picture by akubica
windows with flowers, picture by akubica
Wanda Brzozowska making cot-outs, picture by akubica
Maria Brzozowska-Kosińska making cot-outs, picture by akubica
gallery of polish cot-outs, picture by www.polishfolkart.com
Polish folk art - easter - decoupage lanyard, picture by joannajewellery
Polish wycinanki bird cards, picture by Pressbound
Polish rooster felt brooch, picture by bialakura
Want more? Polish pavillon on expo 2010 is a big cut-out. You can try to make a copy of it yourself: just print pdf take scissors and try!